Sweetheart Cupcakes

Sweetheart Cupcakes

Instead of just plain white cupcakes, I took it a step further and made them special. You can change the colors for any holiday. Shades of green for St. Patrick’s Day, pastel colors for Easter, red white and blue for the 4th of July. You get the picture.


Original recipe yields 24 servings
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.

  • Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites together on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes, until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with white batter; set aside.

  • Stir 4 drops of red food coloring into the remaining bowl of batter to make the batter pink. Stir in the raspberry oil. Pour 1/3 of pink batter into a resealable plastic bag and set aside.

  • Mix more food coloring into the remaining bowl of pink batter until it is an orange/red color and pour the batter into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a corner off the bag, stick the open tip into the center of each cup of white batter and squeeze in about two tablespoons of red batter.

  • Cut the corner off the bag with the pink batter, stick the open tip into the center of the red batter and squeeze about 1 tablespoon pink batter into each cup.

  • Bake the layered cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Cook’s Note:

Top cupcakes with your favorite frosting. I used Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting from this site.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 16.6g; fat 5.3g; sodium 148.7mg. Full Nutrition
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How To Make a Paper Origami Heart Bouquet

How To Make a Paper Origami Heart Bouquet

Have you ever made a paper origami heart? It is so simple and downright satisfying once you have the technique down. I ended up whipping up 10 of these pretty paper hearts to make a Valentine’s Day bouquet. I love the idea of giving a non-traditional paper flower bouquet as a gift.

Supplies for Simple Origami Heart Bouquet

  • Origami paper
  • 20 gauge florist wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Scotch tape
  • Faux greenery
  • Florist foam
  • Vase


Supplies for heart origami bouquet
How to Make Paper Origami Flowers

Step 1: Make around 10 paper origami hearts with a variety of pink, purple, and red origami paper. Rather than me showing you the steps over a ton of different photos. It moves you through the heart step-by-step process slowly so you quickly pick up the technique and can easily replicate it to make more flowers. Warning, making these simple hearts can be addicting! Check out how you can even fold a dollar bill into a heart.

How to fold paper into a heart

I especially love that this video was created by a young boy named Evan over 10 years ago, and he is still making origami tutorial videos as an adult on his channel EZOrigami. Talk about passion for your craft. Check it out!

How to fold paper into a heart

Step 2. Each heart will contain a little pocket opening in the back. This is where you will insert the flower stem.

Easy origami heart instructions
Step 3: Cut a piece of florist wire in half with wire cutters. Poke the wire into the backside opening of the heart and through the base of the heart. Secure the top of the stem to the back of the heart with a small piece of tape.
How to make origami flowers with hearts

Continue making more flowers. You can vary the length of the florist wire to give the flowers different heights in the arrangement if you want.

How to make simple origami heart flowers

Step 4: Add a piece of florist foam to the base of a vase. If you like this painted mason jar vase, be sure to check out my simple tutorial on how to paint the inside of a vase!

How to make a paper heart bouquet

Step 5: Fill the vase with the flowers and some faux greenery. You’re done!

Paper heart flower bouquet for Valentine's Day
Origami heart flower bouquet for Valentine's Day
Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

If you’re going to be having a party, then you may want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it. The most important thing is that everyone is going to be able to enjoy themselves, and that’s why you’ve got to think long and hard about some ideas to make your party great. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at what some of these ideas are, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Go Do Something Childish

The first thing that we are going to suggest is that you go and do something childish. It’s hard being an adult, and it’s exhausting. It’s for this reason that sometimes we just want to take a step back and do something fun, maybe even a little bit childish. For example, you could all dress up as characters from a film or TV show and have a fancy dress party. Or, you could head out and go bowling, go to a laser quest center, or whatever else you think you might enjoy. The point is for it to be as fun as possible, so something that you used to enjoy when you were a child might be a good idea. Think about the things that you used to love to do, and then choose one for your party.

Hire A Bar

Another thing that we are going to suggest is that you hire a bar. Not everyone drinks alcohol, it’s true, but for those who do, this is going to make the party that little bit better. A company like Party Pony Trailers LLC may be able to help you out here as they have mobile bars! This means that if you want the party to be at your home, but you also want a bar, then something like this is the perfect solution! 

Or, you could simply just have alcohol on the table and allow everyone to mix their own drinks. At least you can be sure they’re going to like what they make for themselves!

Game Night

Finally, have you thought about having a game night? Everyone can get involved, and it can be a super fun idea. Choose a bunch of different games that everyone can play together, and then let the fun begin. Ensure that all the games you’ve got are suitable for the amount of players that you are going to have so that nobody ends up left out. Get some snacks, a few drinks, and this could be the perfect night in for you and your friends. It might not be the same as having an actual party, but it’s just as fun for a small gathering!

We hope that you have found this article helpful and now know some of the fun ideas that we’ve got for an all-adult party. These ideas don’t make up an extensive list, so there are plenty more things that you can do if you would like to. Hopefully, you have a great time, and so does everyone else involved. 

3 Types of Royal men beaded bracelets to consider buying as a gift

3 Types of Royal men beaded bracelets to consider buying as a gift

Buying a gift for your loved ones can be an uphill task. Just finding something that they will appreciate and have it encrypted in their hearts for life be difficult. The situation will be complicated when dealing with men since they don’t openly disclose what they like. I will advocate that you go for something simple, precious and lovable. Beaded bracelets have and will always work for most men. They will love it, and the site of it on their hands giving the memory is priceless. Here are the three royal men beaded bracelets you must consider gifting your man.

1. Superior gold obsidian

A real man is defined with class. They should be a masterpiece in society. As such the gifts should match the credentials and you can stoop any lower than the royalty state.  The royal bead bracelet collection should be your thing if you value the man. The Superior gold obsidian royal beaded bracelet is elegant and bold so that your recipient of the gift will appreciate the present.

Made from gemstones combined with karat, the Royal men beaded bracelets will make the man outstanding from the mammoth. They typically consist of between 8 and 12mm beads in particular combination. They will be a suitable gift for that bald man in your life. You will love their exclusive, stylish and modern nature. They are available in different sizes, and you will be spoilt of choices. Getting the tight-fitting size will be a significant plus. It is also possible to customize the Superior gold obsidian bracelets to reflect the particular personality.

2. Superior Gold Tiger Eye

Every man wants to be the head of the social unit; as such, they should be protective and visionary. Well, in the jungle, we understand the traits of the tiger and is one respectable creature in the animal kingdom. For that man, you deeply treasure, you should revere to them. A man is receptive to all that will complement their character and stump their authority.

No gift can match that which will reflect on one’s desired personality. If they are not tigers already, then this bracelet will make them think otherwise and maybe transform them as they get the self-esteem from the gift. The bracelets are durable since they are made from the tiger eye beads stone as well as the 14K solid gold. The award will be with them for life.

3. Superior Gold Sodalite

Sodalite is one of the most precious stones in the world. The dark blue beaded bracelet should stand out at the birthday party for that dear man in your life. Made to withstand the extreme weather, the bracelet will be a companion to them in your absence. If you doubt, then there is a lifetime guarantee to drive away your uncertainties. You will have to get the measurements right so that the bracelet can be custom made to fit their wrist perfectly. Unwrapping the gift from the box will be sensational since they come with a luxurious box that the recipient of the award will adore and store as well.

DIY Valentine Gifts for Men

DIY Valentine Gifts for Men

Valentine Gifts for menRomance is in the air!  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and by now most of us moms and grandmothers are winding down our Valentine crafting.  Classroom and teacher gifts are done or nearly done, as are gifts for friends and families.  By now many of us have had our fill of cutting out hearts and cupids and are ready to move on.  But we may have neglected one of the most important people in our lives, our significant other!

Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is a female holiday.  We expect our husbands and boyfriends to take the initiative and come up with fabulous Valentine gift.  We expect flowers, chocolates, jewelry, dinners, etc.

I admit I love the pampering, and most of the gifts my husband has given me.  Okay, the weed trimmer wasn’t a big hit, but it was certainly memorable.  Over all I think he’s gotten this Valentine thing down pat, even though at times he goes overboard with humongous boxes of chocolates or a truck load of blooms.

I must confess that most years I tend to neglect doing something special for him.  By the time I get around to getting him a gift it’s usually the day before Valentine’s Day and I end up buying a shirt or a bottle of cologne.  Occasionally inspiration strikes and I do something special.  One year I remembered early enough to reserve an ocean view table at our favorite gourmet restaurant, another year I checked us in to an oceanfront suite for the night.

This year I tried booking a table at a restaurant during the last week of January.  I tried all our favorites, they were sold out unless I want to have dinner at 10 o’clock.  So I searched the web for inspiration. I found many great ideas and will be incorporating a couple in my Valentine’s Day plans. I’ve decided that a moonlight picnic on the beach is just what we need.  We live in Hawaii so the weather should be cooperative, if not then on to plan B, a picnic at home.

Here’s a round-up of DIY Valentine gift idea for men.   Perhaps they will inspire  your Valentine planning.  Whatever you decide have a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day!

valentineIf you’re still feeling crafty then this cool chocolate guitar may be just what you need.  Specially if your Valentine is a music and chocolate lover!

Edible Crafts online has a great tutorial to show you how you can make this guitar for your lover boy!

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valentinePicnics are always romantic.

If the weather is bad you can still have a romantic picnic in your livingroom.  Set the scene with candles and “picnic” on a blanket on your floor.  Serve food you would serve if you were actually going on an outdoor picnic, but keep it simple; pasta salad, cold chicken, cheese, crusty bread, fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, etc.  And wine,  Don’t forget the wine!  (sparkling cider makes a nice non-alcoholic alternative, specially if you have to drive home)  Pack everything in a picnic basket if you have one.

valentineAfter  dinner snuggle up in your romantic bedroom.

I’d add a candle or two , a couple of wine glasses, a bottle of wine, and a small box of truffles to this design by Everyday Art. [spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's ValentineI love this heart box by  Theresa of Crafting the Web!

Fill it with his favorite treat!

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Men's ValentineBacon is supposed to be “manly”, treat your man to Chocolate dipped roses by Everyday Dishes![spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's ValentineHere are more Bacon Valentines from PrettyOrganized you’ll find recipes and free printable tags on their site.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Men's Valentine

 Give him a gift that lasts the whole year.  This Pre-planned date night book by Thinking Closet let’s you celebrate Valentine’s Day once a month doing something you both enjoy.[spacer height=”-20px”]


Men's ValentineThis Sensual Valentine by What’s On My Porch will stimulate all his senses.

Decorate cardboard boxes and fill each one with a corresponding item.  His favorite candy, a massage bug, his preferred cologne, a CD, and some sexy lingerie he’ll love seeing you in.  Tailor the items to your man.[spacer height=”-20px”]


More DIY Valentine Crafts – FREE Printables

More DIY Valentine Crafts – FREE Printables

If you haven’t found the right Valentine project or just need more ideas here is a round-up of cute Valentine crafts for the whole family.

Valentine craftsI really love the Gumball Machines pictured above.

It’s posted by Lilac City Momma on Eat Craft Parent.  They are simple and inexpensive to make using terracotta pots and trays and a glass bowls you can find at dollar stores, hardware, and discount stores.  You can fill them up with your choice of Valentine themed candies.  Click here for instructions.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Valentine CraftsTulle Valentine’s Day Wreath by Oh So Savvy Mom is adorable and easy to make.

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Valentine CraftsHere’s another cute wreath from Saving With Shellie using dollar store supplies.

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Valentine CraftsValentine topiary from Glue Guns and Spatulas, super cute!

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Valentine CraftsMartha Stewart’s Lacy Votive Holders are so romantic!

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Valentine CraftsThese monster pencils with free printable tags from The 36th. Avenue would make great classmate gifts.

Click here for instructions

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Valentine CraftsCute bookmark and Free printable card from Thirty Handmade Days are great teacher gifts.

Click here for instructions

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Valentine CraftsSuper idea from Home Stories A to Z!

You can take your child’s photo using their favorite theme just be sure they are posed with their hand out so it will look like they are holding the lollipop.

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Valentine CraftsThese cute “pencils” from Clean & Scentsible are made from a roll of Rolo candies and a Hershey Kiss.

Wrap them up in pretty paper, and add a ribbon and tag.  Easy peasy![spacer height=”-20px”]





Valentine CraftsThese felt fortune cookies from Marthastewart.com not only hold a fortune, there’ kisses too.

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For more Valentine ideas check out my post DIY Valentines for Boys  and DIY Valentines for Girls for gender specific ideas

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Crafts & Supplies at joann.com!